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macosx_autologin (8) Versions 5.0.0

Configures automatic login using a Gavin Brock's kcpassword

cookbook 'macosx_autologin', '~> 5.0.0', :supermarket
cookbook 'macosx_autologin', '~> 5.0.0'
knife supermarket install macosx_autologin
knife supermarket download macosx_autologin
Quality 57%

Mac OS X Autologin Cookbook

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Enables/disables automatic login for user on boot using a modified version of
Gavin Brock's kcpassword.


  • Chef 11.14+


  • Mac OS X 10.7+


Requires super-user privileges.

Enable automatic login for user and display login screen

macosx_autologin 'username' do
  password 'password
  restart_loginwindow true
  action :enable

Disable automatic login and display login screen

macosx_autologin 'username' do
  restart_loginwindow true
  action :disable


  • enable - Enables autologin.
  • disable - Disables autologin.


  • username - Username to login as. Required when enabled. Defaults to resource block name.
  • password - Password of username. Required when enabled.
  • restart_loginwindow - Display login screen. Default false.

ChefSpec Matchers

This cookbook includes custom ChefSpec matchers you can use to test
your own cookbooks.

Example Matcher Usage

expect(chef_run).to enable_macosx_autologin('username').with(
  password: 'password'

Cookbook Matchers

  • enable_macosx_autologin(resource_name)
  • disable_macosx_autologin(resource_name)

Getting Help


Please refer to CONTRIBUTING.


MIT - see the accompanying LICENSE file
for details.


5.0.0 2017-03-24

  • Rename sensitive attribute to confidential to be Chef 13 compatible

4.0.0 2017-02-03

  • Replace recipe with resource to allow for suppressing sensitive info

3.0.0 2015-09-13

  • Merge remove recipe into default recipe

2.0.0 2015-05-21

  • Convert cookbook from LWRPs to Recipes
  • Default restart_loginwindow to false

1.1.2 2015-05-20

  • Fix Foodcritic false positive on sensitive resource

1.1.1 2015-05-20

  • Update Chef requirements

1.1.0 2015-05-20

  • Suppress password output on enable action
  • Fix disable action fails when autoLoginUse attribute is missing from

1.0.0 2015-05-18

  • Initial release

Collaborator Number Metric

5.0.0 failed this metric

Failure: Cookbook has 0 collaborators. A cookbook must have at least 2 collaborators to pass this metric.

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Foodcritic Metric

5.0.0 failed this metric

FC066: Ensure chef_version is set in metadata: macosx_autologin/metadata.rb:1
Run with Foodcritic Version 16.3.0 with tags metadata,correctness ~FC031 ~FC045 and failure tags any

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